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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Nelson Star

AREA D

From now until election day on November 19, the Nelson Star continues to introduce the candidates in the upcoming municipal election. We’ve asked the candidates in the races for Nelson city council, Regional District of Central Kootenay and Kootenay Lake school board to introduce themselves and provide us with what they feel are the top three issues in the campaign. We continue today with the RDCK Area D race between Ron Greenlaw and incumbent Andy Shadrack and finish the candidates vying for a spot at the Nelson city council table on Pages 5, 8, and 9...

Ron Greenlaw wants to help the region prosper

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y name is Ron Greenlaw and I am a candidate, for the first time, for RDCK Area D director. My family has lived, worked and raised their children in the Lardeau Valley for four generations. The skills I have gained by owning and operating two

TOP 3 ISSUES

My top three issues are: employment, security for our retired and senior population, and basing a relationship with all the different groups within Area D based on honesty and trust.

#1. Building trusting relationships. We need to grow strong communities with solid basic services — health care, education, clean drinking water, waste management, safe roads and a respect for the environment. Once these needs are met, we need to keep further regu-

“This is my home and I want to have the opportunity to help it grown and prosper for the benefit of all residents.”

small businesses, working in the tourism industry, and growing up in this area, I feel will help me understand the diverseness we have in Area D and be able to provide assistance to our residents in a progressive manner. I have owned and operated a snow cat skiing operation as well as a small excavating

lations and laws to a minimum. We have to trust our neighbours to decide the direction of their communities, while helping them along with a progressive attitude. We have to make sure that when we are talking about things like a new fire hall or moving the transfer station that we provide clear costs to our residents: the construction costs for these facilities as well as the long-term maintenance costs. Then our residents can trust that they will be able to make an informed choice of whether we can afford these changes or not.

residents in Area D who have had to leave their homes in order to find work is getting longer and longer, and it hurts our communities. Let’s work together to find innovative ways to create local opportunities for local residents. We need to create an environment where entrepreneurs have the support to start new businesses. By creating local jobs, more of our residents would have the opportunity to be employed locally. This would boost our tax base and ensure that our schools, hospitals, recreational facilities and local businesses thrive.

#2. Employment. The list of local

#3. Seniors/Retirees. Our commu-

company and currently work for BC Hydro at the Duncan Dam. This area is my home and I want to have the opportunity to help it grow and prosper for the benefit of all residents. As director for Area D, I will be the voice at the Regional District of Central Kootenay and in the community.

nities are not only made up of young families and working people, we also have an important integral population base of retired and senior residents. These friends and neighbours deserve our respect and care. We have to be able to provide them a lifestyle that they can afford on their fixed income which still gives them access to the things they need like health care and housing — whether that’s assisted living or independent. We need to think how tax increases will affect these residents and talk to them to find out what their particular needs are and how we can either implement them or improve on what we already have in place.

Andy Shadrack building on impressive track record

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immigrated to Canada in 1970 as an agricultural labourer. Involved in politics since 1963, I taught political science at Selkirk and Okanagan University Colleges from 1989 to 2005. Have been the Area D director since 2005 and chair of the RDCK’s rural affairs committee since 2009. A member of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government executive since 2008, I currently

TOP 3 ISSUES

#1. At an Area D and RDCK level I want to continue to work with residents and property owners on services they have prioritized for expansion and improvement, such as fire service in Ainsworth-Woodbury, a new wharf in Lardeau, new fire hall for Kaslo-Area D; and rejuvenating the economy in the Lardeau Valley. I am looking forward to implementing the recently completed RDCK agricultural plan and continuing to participate in development of the Kootenay Lake Stewardship Partnership. I want to continue working on streamlining services so they can be delivered in a fiscally sound manner. I wish I could have done more to help with

serve as the vice president. Have a life long passion for politics and enjoy working with people from across the political spectrum to find solutions to problems. As director I have enjoyed working with various community groups and individuals in Area D to implement their priorities in: fire protection, first responders, recreation, employment, fire interface, land use

employment issues in the Lardeau Valley over the last six years, but building relationships with regional organizations and provincial agencies takes time and patience. I am glad to have helped with the greenhouse project, Lardeau Valley Community Centre renovations and Glacier Creek Regional Park upgrades. #2. At the regional AKBLG executive level I will continue to support the development of a rural economic strategy, in conjunction with the work of Selkirk College innovation chair and the Columbia Basin Trust’s rural development initiative; and the ongoing work of the local government Columbia River Treaty committee, which is preparing to participate in discussions around the 2014 deadline by which Canada has to

planning, water conservation and treatment, library service expansion and a plethora of local issues. Over the last six years we’ve worked at a pace that allowed residents and property owners to think about the options before them, and when necessary we have held referenda, small community meetings and petition processes to ensure that a majority felt comfortable with

serve notice of its desire to continue and/or renegotiate the Treaty. In particular, I would like to focus on trying to obtain multi-year funding for the Lardeau Valley mosquito abatement program, particularly when a high run-off spring freshet causes the cost of the program to double; and, funding for periodic flooding of adjacent farm land. I also intend to carry on working with our two regional MPs, obtaining funds, for example, to build a public washroom at the historic Ainsworth wharf. #3. At the provincial level of the Union of BC Municipalities I hope to continue to serve on the small water systems working group, where we are negotiating with representatives from

the direction being taken. Not shy at speaking my mind, I always try to listen carefully to opposing points of view before voting on issues. Overall I feel I have earned the respect of colleagues and a variety of government officials. I look forward to having an opportunity to serve the residents and property owners of Area D for another three years, if that is your wish and consent.

the Ministries of Health, Environment, Community Services and the health authorities on amendments to the safe drinking water regulations that will allow small water systems like Fletcher Creek Improvement District and the Mirror Lake Water Users community, and micro systems like Howser, to make affordable and attainable choices around water treatment. I will also continue to oppose downloading, for example the transfer of responsibility for dikes to local government that would make residents and property owners adjacent to Cooper Creek financially responsible for upgrading and maintaining the dike there to, as yet, undetermined provincial standards. I will also continue to press for a resolution to the situation surrounding Meadow Creek Cedar.

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